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The Global Warming "Pause" Never Actually Happened

There’s been much debate these past few years over the cause of the so-called global warming “hiatus”—a pause in the overall uptick up of Earth’s temperature due to cooling at the surface of the Pacific Ocean since the early 2000s. Did climate warming stop? Nope, we just weren’t looking deep enough. » 7/09/15 2:11pm 7/09/15 2:11pm

Why Rescuers Die While Drowning Victims Survive

There are many terrible examples of a person coming to the rescue of a drowning victim only to drown themselves. It's so common that there's a name for it — aquatic victim instead of rescuer syndrome, or AVIR syndrome. But there are many reasons rescuers can drown while many of the people they rescue survive. » 1/19/15 6:40am 1/19/15 6:40am

How We Found The World's Deepest Fish – And Why We Must Keep Exploring

Scientists exploring the deepest place on Earth — the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean — recently acquired footage of a strange, never-before-seen fish at a record depth of 26,722 feet. Here, one of the team members describes how they found it, and why it's vital to continue plumbing the ocean's depths. » 12/20/14 11:00am 12/20/14 11:00am

Explore The World's Most Detailed Map Of The Seafloor, Released Today

Researchers today published the most detailed map of the ocean floor ever produced. Data collected by satellites and remote sensing instruments were used to created a model at least twice as accurate as previous maps, revealing thousands of previously uncharted seafloor features in the process. And best of all, you… » 10/03/14 5:00pm 10/03/14 5:00pm

This underwater Iron Man suit could revolutionize ocean research

Meet the Exosuit – a 6.5-foot tall, 530 pound, aluminum alloy atmospheric diving system that stands to change the way we explore the ocean deep. Designed to envelop a single human occupant in surface atmosphere conditions at depths of up to 1,000 feet, stepping into this articulated, human-shaped shell is like putting… » 3/01/14 9:37am 3/01/14 9:37am

Scientist sets out to pen futuristic novel, ends up drowning your town

Scientist Andrew David Thaler decided to write a novel set in the future, in a "post-sea-level-rise world." To make Fleet as scientifically realistic as he could, he needed to model the actual flooding that could result from climate change. And thus, a meme that reached 10 million people was born. » 12/17/13 11:19am 12/17/13 11:19am

Why did this invasive species suddenly take over Maine's coastline?

This scary looking beastie is the European Green Crab. It's not native to Maine, but they started coming over attached to the hulls of wooden trading ships a hundred years ago. But it's only just in the last two years that there's been a massive spike in the crabs' population, devastating the local clam-fishers. » 12/03/13 5:31pm 12/03/13 5:31pm

Explore the ocean floor via live cam, in high definition, RIGHT NOW

Stop what you're doing and watch this. Below the fold are three high-definition streams of the ocean floor, currently broadcasting LIVE via NOAA's new 6,000-meter remotely operated vehicle (ROV), Deep Discoverer. It's... well... let's just say you might want to clear your schedule for the day. » 8/12/13 10:40am 8/12/13 10:40am

Scientists explore the ocean floor with half-crab-half-car behemoth

Do not judge the Crabster by its lame name, which sounds more like the nickname of a frat guy from a terrible '80s movie than it does a badass ocean-roving robot. A portmanteau of "crab" and "lobster," two creatures after which it is modeled, the Crabster was designed by researchers in South Korea to help them do… » 8/02/13 9:28am 8/02/13 9:28am